Approaching Work with Soul

‘Approaching Work with Soul’ by noula diamantopoulos

I have been contemplating the idea of our soul (is it different to our spirit?) and wondering what it means and what value it might have if we were to access and nurture this non material, non matter, ‘something’ which we call a Soul.

Without knowing what Soul is, as I cannot define it – but then again I cannot define Mind and Mind is as nebulous as Soul, and Mind exists, I’m sure, because it functions through the brain to create and express our thoughts. It seems at this point that mind has a voice (or a least is connected to one) and that the Soul is expressed through another mode of communication.
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How Can I Have Harmony With Colleagues I Dislike?

‘How Can I Have Harmony With Colleagues I Dislike?’ by noula diamantopoulos

A lot rides on getting along with colleagues at work. Your emotional wellbeing in the workplace affects what you ‘hear’ (read: interpret) from your colleagues, which in turn affects how you respond to them. When you have uncertainty with a workplace relation, you end up ‘hearing’ your own version of what they say – which is often very different to the original! (“Whatcha talking ‘bout willis?”)

It’s on your mind constantly, repetitively going over the ‘yuck’ feeling of that relationship. And as you continue to re-live the relationship ‘issue,’ you think you are in the process of solving it. Guess what? You’re not. You are just keeping the story in the tabloids.

So let’s look at this another way. Do you always have harmony with people you do like? Be honest with yourself here. I asked one of my clients, a manager of many people in a public business, these three questions and these are her responses.
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Claiming Creativity In The Workplace

‘Claiming Creativity In The Workplace’ by noula diamantopoulos

This one little question sits on top of lots of other questions that ask these three things:

1. Are you creative?

2. How do you define creativity?

3. Do you believe in creativity?

 

Take a moment and write down your responses to these questions and you will soon discover the lurking thoughts that are creeping around your cranium.

Sir Ken Robinson, a thought leader in creativity, has said that to realise the true creative potential in our organisations, schools, and communities, we need to think differently about ourselves, act differently towards each other and learn to be creative.
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Are You Thinking or Mulling?

‘Are You Thinking or Mulling?’ by noula diamantopoulos

I think many times we fool ourselves by thinking we are working on a solution when in fact we are working on the problem. What that means is our thinking is stuck on how the problem is making us feel and that feeling is generally, terribly uncomfortable.

Every day we are challenged to make decisions. Some are easy. Some you don’t care about. Many are rushed and are gambled on, like the toss of a coin. And others are carried by what appears to be the very respectable use of logic and reason.
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Reclaim Your Experience

‘Reclaim Your Experience’ by noula diamantopoulos

Do you know how experienced you are? Or have you forgotten the riches of all your experiences just because they don’t come with a certificate or degree?

Of course we should get educated and celebrate our confirmations of achievement (insert a loud woo-hoo here). Yet our talents and our gifts go further than the paper record, which is like a train ticket we validate when we arrive that says nothing about who we met and who we became along the way.

Is it possible to harness our experience into invaluable insights that can be applied in the workplace, home and in our personal relationships? We all have a ton of experience, but what are we doing with it?
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Growing in the Workplace – Part 2

Growing in the Workplace – Part 2 by noula diamantopoulos

A Question of Direction? Where Are You Growing Into?

I know what you’re thinking: “Don’t you mean who are you growing into?” Yes, maybe, but I am curious about where I am right now and what I am doing right now and what an interesting journey it has been and how I have grown – into where I am!
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Growing in the Workplace – Part 1

Growing in the Workplace – Part 1 by noula diamantopoulos

Just imagine wanting to go to work everyday grooving and oozing with positive vibes.

You are curious about what will happen today and looking forward to who might call you & what may come your way? You’re eager to make a contribution to changing the world and making it a better place. (Okay – maybe that’s not in your sights right now)

Still. You are keen to contribute, be productive, feel that you are respected and appreciated in your workplace.

Yet. It’s a mystery that we have come to blame the greatest place for our personal growth, as the one major cause for all of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
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Are You Aware Of Being Mindful?

‘Are You Aware Of Being Mindful?’ by noula diamantopoulos

Mindfulness is the practice, the pathway if you like, of being present.

By simply pausing (take in a few deep breaths here) and then placing your attention on what you are currently doing in this very moment, will bring your mind fully to the act.
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The Power of Words

‘The Power of Words’ by noula diamantopoulos

Words matter. And how they are strung together matters. And how they are expressed matters. And the choice of words you express yourself with matters. And the energy you say those words is carried into the hearts and minds of others and of your own and it matters.

Is it semantics? Yes it is semantics. Thats the point.

Pause and pay attention to the words you choose to express your experiences in life. Listen to yourself when you dialogue with another. Write down the words you use to describe a situation. Really write them down. You will respond differently to those very same words when they are written, when you can see them in front of you, committed to paper with no voice to say “ah but thats not what I meant when I said that”.
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Coach Your Creative Spirit

‘Coach Your Creative Spirit’ by noula diamantopoulos

We are beings of potential.

We were born with this from source. It’s there at all times and it’s there forever. We don’t have to do anything else other than to recognise the potency that resides within us and then to action it. Without action it stays within us dormant, unused, unexplored, unshared.

Many of us don’t know that it’s there or believe that we have it, yet we do.

Potential is the power of possibility.

The power of possibility is our Imagination accessed.

Are you creating with your imagination – the powerhouse of potential?
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